A unified city, a strategic long-term vision and a strong relationship with police. All the things Savannah’s new city manager plans to do quickly when he starts the job.
Savannah City Council made Rob Hernandez the city manager, officially, in a unanimous vote Thursday afternoon.
Savannah's City Council clearly behind their decision to make Hernandez their top man.
After three years stops in Fulton County, Coral Springs, Florida and Broward County, Florida, Hernandez hopes to stay a while.
"This next move in my professional career I hope will be my last move. I intend to be in Savannah for a long time," said Hernandez.
He says the city must and will work to become an inclusive community. A place where all sides of the city feel like one. A message he shared with your aldermen.
"They made it clear to me that Savannah is one city. We are going to work with all of our neighbors to ensure that our residents feel like they are in fact part of this city," said Hernandez.
He listed the people, the history of the city, the strong economic foundation and other factors as key reasons he's taking on this job.
He also acknowledged the need for improvements. He hopes to come up with a long-term plan to improve the infrastructure and other problems some feel have been neglected.
"I look forward to the challenges that together we will face and I look forward to working with all of the 145,000 residents of this city to continue to make it a great city," said Hernandez.
That includes making the people inside city hall efficient and effective. He plans to start a top to bottom review of how things are done.
"Those things that we shouldn't be doing anymore, we're not going to be doing. I can tell you, there will be other things that will take its place," said Hernandez.
That goal, one that resonates with the council.
"We are thrilled to have rob Hernandez come on board. We are poised to do some marvelous things," said District 4 Alderman Julian Miller.
Marvelous things that will come as a welcome sight to many here in the city.
Hernandez will start his new job on October 10. He tells us he already met with Police Chief Jack Lumpkin and plans to meet with the fire chief soon.
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